The contract isn't a big issue on a team hitting reset with no aims of competing in that span (until a couple years down the road perhaps, when he can be dealt as an expiring deal), and the Knicks would have to include their 2018 first-rounder to make adding Noah worthwhile for the Hornets.
Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts after a play against the Golden State Warriors during their game at Spectrum Center on December 6, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte has reportedly tried to unload the likes of Dwight Howard, Nicolas Batum, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but other teams don't want to take on their lucrative contracts. He's averaging 21.7 points and 5.8 rebounds and shooting about 35 percent from three.
"This is the first time I've been in this kind of situation", Walker said of the trade chatter.
Here are our favourite hypothetical Kemba Walker trade, plus some more viable trade ideas as we head toward the NBA's February 8 deadline.
Kemba Walker is second on the Hornets all-time scoring list, he leads this years team in points, minutes and assists per game, and there's a chance that the Hornets could be looking to trade him.
"I would definitely be devastated if I was to get traded", Walker said, via Dan Feldman of ProBasketballTalk.
The Hornets have quietly won seven of their last 10 games.
Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said he hadn't seen the report when the team's practice ended on Friday afternoon, but when told of the details he called them nothing but rumors.
This could turn out to be some team's lucky day as the Hornets have finally decided that they would be willing to part with their best player to try to begin to sort out the financial disaster they have gotten themselves into. "He's the captain, the best player, an All-Star". I'd be pretty upset. I don't know what it feels like. For years, they struggles to find a way out of their seemingly never-ending rebuild.
Walker, 27, would likely be traded as part of a bigger deal if the Hornets ultimately made a decision to send him elsewhere.
The Hornets will come into Saturday with two days off from games.